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Windstream page on DSLReports
Six Month Rating

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Review by UGA Lover See Profile

  • Location: Athens,Clarke,GA
  • Cost: $25 per month
  • Telco party AllTel
Good "I now have the DSL Regional Manager's name so he responds to my problems if I call him direct."
Bad "Keep telling me my area is down. Found out from 3 Windstream techs that this is not true. It is the equipment."
Overall "Wish I had another DSL company and a choice around here."
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I got Windstream DSL in November 2006. Everything was fine at first and then it went down in January 2007. Called and they said they would do a trouble ticket. No response in a week. Called again and they said that my area was down, but should be up some time soon. Couldn't give me a date when to expect this. Set me up for Windstream dialup which is horribly painful after having working DSL. Two more weeks pass. No response. Called again and they tell me my area is still down. Two more weeks, no response. Finally, my brother who works for Bellsouth, told me I needed to file a complaint with the PSC to get a response. I didn't want to do this, I'm not that type of person, but I was not getting a response in 5 weeks with no DSL. So I emailed a complaint to the PSC in the pm. First thing the next am, I got a call from the Regional DSL Manager who promptly sent a tech out. Viola! The problem was fixed. I was told by three techs that it is where my area lines are bundled that causes the problem and that Windstream wouldn't replace the part. I went down several times after that so I called the Regional Manager direct and he would send someone out to repair. Same problem, same fix. The problem is that they have a monopoly here. So all you can do is wait. And don't get me started on Windstream Cable. It is also the worst! Alltel wasn't great, but I never had these kinds of problems.

member for 6.5 years, 9 visits, last login: 5.8 years ago
updated 6.5 years ago

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Review by mpyrol See Profile

  • Location: Rincon,Effingham,GA
  • Cost: $39 per month (12 month contract)
  • Install: about 7 days
  • Telco party AllTel
Good "Great at getting you hooked up and locked into your contract."
Bad "Read the Review"
Overall "Avoid"
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Yes this is a negative but truthful review. I don’t care about the process to get the service or the equipment or the cost. I don’t care where the representatives are nice or rude. I don’t care about customer service at all. Having said this

I would love to say something positive about windstream dsl, but it's just not there. Before windstream took over a couple years ago Alltel DSL worked just fine. What I do care about is fast Internet, not blinding fast, just reliable. Facts are a dsl connection should be fast enough to watch streaming video from MSN,ESPN,or FOX. I still visit my favorite sites and am grateful for my 20-30k downloads. Downloads improve drastically during off peak times. Point is if you are in my area and have a normal schedule, A different ISP may be better for you.

So why do I stay with windstream? I was living in town and delighted with Alltel DSL. The service went sour once windstream took over; I keep the service for a while. Now I live about mile outside the cable providers’ area. Windstream dsl is no better but I am stuck if I want broadband.

member for 13.1 years, 110 visits, last login: 2.6 years ago
updated 6.5 years ago

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Review by Windhorrible See Profile

  • Location: Jefferson,Jackson,GA
  • Cost: $50 per month
  • Telco party AllTel
Good "The modem looks good, this is it. Literally."
Bad "Everything."
Overall "Your better using a string and cups for internet"
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Hello, I have created an account to hopefully steer customer's away from the time sink and money waste of Windstream. For the past 3-4 years I've unfortunately had alltel/windstream as my ISP provider, granted, when Alltel was the main company in charge, things wern't as bad, but ever since Windstream has taken over, it's been a waste since that day. Literally every night / day / morning / conceivable time now is a time viable for the internet to just freeze up, disconnect, or randomly spike to about 2000 ms. I am a gamer and this of course ruins the game and the experience, which is just about every game. Just recently has it gotten to the point where the spikes happen a good 10 minutes in between each other, disconnecting me each time from whatever game I'm on and usually forcing in a reconnect. A call was given to them reporting this behavior and they said it was our modem, a new one would be at our house in 2-3 days. Lo and behold the modem arrives, I plug it up, install and what not, complete it, and for about 20 minutes i think the problem has been solved! Woot!

WRONG! The same exact thing commenced happening, and has been going on all night now.

From the heart of a gamer and a formerly patient man, please steer clear of Windstream. It is absolutely not worth the frustration and hardship.

Oh, and be ready for tech support to say it's "On your part" if there is a problem with the servers, not once have they admitted to something being on their part, even when a few friends of mine a few houses down are having the same exact troubles.

member for 6.6 years, 1 visits, last login: 6.6 years ago
lodged 6.6 years ago

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Review by jack23 See Profile

  • Location: Port Matilda,Centre,PA
  • Cost: $30 per month (12 month contract)
  • Install: about 230 days
Good "The connection.......when it was on"
Bad "Sluggish tech support and terrible down time"
Overall "Better than dial up"
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I had their broadband service for about 7 months and the service has went out about 40-45 times. The connection speed was generally good but the speed would go down to almost dial up speeds at times. The last time the service went out I didn't want to call India and my connection speeds were terrible at the time so I gave them the boot. I sighed up for comcast right after I cancelled my service.

member for 6.7 years, 18 visits, last login: 6.3 years ago
updated 6.6 years ago

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Review by Chopper50 See Profile

  • Location: Hilliard,Nassau,FL
  • Cost: $50000 per month (1200 month contract)
  • Install: about 500 days
Good "NONE"
Bad "ALL BAD"
Overall "WINDSTREAM SUX REMOVE THIS POST MR. MODERATOR!"
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DELETE THIS REVIEW

member for 6.7 years, 14 visits, last login: 6.5 years ago
updated 6.7 years ago

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Review by jumpman11372 See Profile

  • Location: Houston,Harris,TX
  • Cost: $39 per month
  • Telco party AllTel
Good "the variety they offer"
Bad "EVERYTHING"
Overall "they are terrible."
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So last year, around jun-july(06), i got windstream excited that i will have a good connection (6mbps). When the modem is all setup and stuff, I am browsing the web. After a while my phone rings, and boom there goes my DSL. That was the first of MANY problems. I kept calling and calling. They sent about 8-9 technicians over to my house over the next 6 months to fix this. During that time, I had been receiving packet loss and I had been losing speed as well as random internet disconnections. They have been trying to fix this for a YEAR (STILL GOING ON) and after making me rewire much of my house, installing new phone jacks, and buying new filters for my satellite and alarm service, they tell me they are having bandwidth issues in sugarland-houston area.

What is it with them? i mean... i have the 6 mb service yet i never fully receive that download speed. I play games online and voice programs that i constantly get disconnected from. They have been trying to "rewire" sugarland for the past year. How long can it seriously take? I call customer service atleast once a week complaining and checking the status of the work going on. Every time it's always "NO ETA" or "please call back later". I pay money for this internet yet i never receive the service i should be getting. This has been going on for too long (1 1/2 year) and I think windstream is terrible.

BOTTOM LINE: DO NOT GET IT

any1 know when AT&T will be available in 77083 area? Or how to get them to come into my area?

member for 6.7 years, 5 visits, last login: 6.6 years ago
lodged 6.7 years ago

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Review by Weepshep See Profile

  • Location: Heidrick,Knox,KY
  • Cost: $29 per month
  • Install: about 5 days
Good "No dropt connections - Good price for my area."
Bad "They don't offer 6mbps here yet. And what they do offer does not match what you get."
Overall "They need to up there equipment and not there sales first."
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Had Dial up with city company. Terrible could never get on.
Speed started at 1.5mbps - 29.99 upgraded to 3mbps at the same price of 29.99 recently-

Installed SpeedStream 4200 modem myself easy.

As of right now for the past four weeks I have been having download speed dropping to as low as 152kbps as the day goes bye. In the mornings I get great speed about 200kbps off my 3mbps. And the techs do not know when there end will be fixed and gave me a month off my bill.

I haven't had any real trouble with Windstream other than this.
All in all the service has been good to me.

Ok now I am starting not to like WS. Can't get my trouble fixed. Allot of promises but no results.

member for 6.8 years, 257 visits, last login: 160 days ago
updated 6.7 years ago

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Review by jlk

  • Location: undisclosed location
  • Cost: $74 per month
Good "Nothing"
Bad "Everything, they are the only one in town"
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This DSL provider SUCKS, I am supposed to get 3 mg down and 386 up.
Fat chance I get about 60% down and anywhere from 60 to 200 up.
If I want more I have to have a static IP and my cost is quadrupled.
They are the only guy in town and the knife is sharp.

Today's challenges are tomorrow's success.



(review was emailed from domain the-kirkpatricks.us)
lodged 6.7 years ago

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Review by iLoveSoap See Profile

  • Location: Lexington,Fayette,KY
  • Cost: $45 per month
  • Telco party AllTel
Good "It's better then dial-up"
Bad "it goes down in the middle of the night and takes forever to get net back up and its not that fast..."
Overall "only get it if you cant get cable -_-"
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only got this cuz i had no other choice, got "Broadband 1.5 Mbps" which totally isnt worth the money, install was pretty easy for me, got the SpeedStream 4200 router and cable would be much better but dont have much choice in this area.

member for 7.5 years, 10 visits, last login: 6.6 years ago
lodged 6.7 years ago

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Review by brjones See Profile

  • Location: Sugar Land,Fort Bend,TX
  • Cost: $70 per month (12 month contract)
  • Install: about 10 days
  • Telco party AllTel
Good "Not bad POTS dial tone, expensive service overall"
Bad "DSL Service support is slow!"
Overall "Good luck if you need any help or DSL hardware replaced"
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Called Windstream DSL Support on the phone again (which is tele-menu hell!)

Some chongo at Windstream closed my trouble ticket but I still do NOT have a DSL connection as my DSL RTU is bad! So bad Windstream service continues. Nice to close trouble tickets when the problem is on-going and not resolved, what a way to run a company...

Alltel is now Windstream in Sugar Land, Texas. Some service seems to have improved. I moved to 6m/384 DSL and it ran quite well since April. On 10/10/07 my Speedstream 4200 DSL "modem" went down and now the DSL LED blinks on occasion but no solid connection. I've reset the 4200, etc. I Windstream service tech came early out in the morning on Saturday 10/13/2007 but we must have been upstair and missed him. Bad for me since now I have been down for five days! All I need is a replacement 4200, bought one on e-bay for $25 so this will not happen again. Windstream has advised they will replace my "Windstream" 4200 under warrenty but how long does it take???

You mileage may vary...;) I need the bandwidth!

member for 6.7 years, 4 visits, last login: 5.6 years ago
updated 6.7 years ago

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